Reflections on language documentation in the Southern Cone

Zúñiga, Fernando; Malvestitti, Marisa (2018). Reflections on language documentation in the Southern Cone. In: McDonnell, Bradley; Berez-Kroeker, Andrea L.; Holton, Gary (eds.) Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years after Himmelmann 1998. Language Documentation & Conservation: Vol. 15 (pp. 295-302). Manoa, Hawai'i: University of Hawai'i Press

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Although many indigenous languages of Chile and Argentina have been documented only in the second half of the 20th century by academic anthropologists and linguists, some languages have a comparatively long tradition of descriptive and documentary scholarship conducted by Catholic missionaries. From a present-day perspective, early descriptions and documentations show some shortcomings (viz., they are often fragmentary and biased in several respects), but they nonetheless constitute a trove of valuable resources for later work and ongoing revitalization endeavors. Current documentary work is now more balanced in terms of Himmelmann's (1998) three-parameter typology (i.e., it pays close attention to communicative events of different kinds of modality, spontaneity, and naturalness), employs audio and video recordings, and takes copyright, access, and sustainability issues seriously. It is also more collaborative and empowering vis-à-vis the role played by indigenous collaborators than in the past and tends to be reasonably multi-disciplinary.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Zúñiga, Fernando

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics

ISBN:

978-0-9973295-3-7

Series:

Language Documentation & Conservation

Publisher:

University of Hawai'i Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fernando Zúñiga

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2019 13:18

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 17:58

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.127293

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127293

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